A crying need for a modern update to "My Fair Lady"

Submitted by frlarry on Mon, 12/08/2008 - 14:30

I'm often bemused by the desperate attempts of unschooled journalists on the BBC to pronounce foreign names. My favorite example is Dmitri Medvedev. Fortunately, the good folks at Wikipedia have given us a recording of a native Russian pronouncing his name. A careful listener will note that his last name is not pronounced Med-ved-yev, Med-vye-dev, or even Med-vyed-yev. Indeed, there is no "i" or "y" in his last name, yet one or more of these bogus pronunciations has been employed by several BBC reporters.

Johns Hopkins study dismissing a link between abortion and depression is "junk science."

Submitted by frlarry on Sat, 12/06/2008 - 16:08

So says Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council. (See "Researchers Dismissing Abortion-Depression Link Funded by Planned Parenthood.")

"Now weeks away from the dawning of the Obama Administration, the parade of junk science has begun in hopes of substantiating the new President's anti-life agenda," he said.

Too daring for "60 Minutes"

Submitted by frlarry on Fri, 12/05/2008 - 14:04

As a qualified expert in statistics, I know full well that an isolated instance does not prove a result. Nevertheless, the cases turning up on the Internet displaying gross malfeasance of Planned Parenthood employees strongly suggest a major probe is in order. The following video of a PP nurse coaching a 13-year-old to lie about how she got pregnant, and then coaching her how to avoid letting her parents know about the statutory rape, the pregnancy and the abortion, is a case in point. (My thanks to Creative Minority Report for the link. See "Shock Video: Planned Parenthood Covers Up Rape.")